Claim Your MixBit Username Now!

Since launching MixBit we’ve been working hard to build a stable platform that allows users to mix and share great video content. Now we’re getting ready to launch new features that do even more to help you create engaging, shareable videos with your friends. We’ve just pushed the first of these, Following and Usernames on MixBit!

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This is the first step in a roadmap geared towards robust collaboration features that will allow you to create amazing videos with your followers, friends and community.

To claim your username (first come, first served), please go to https://mixbit.com/settings or if you haven’t already, register your MixBit account today!

If you’ve already connected Twitter account with us, we have automatically set your MixBit username to match your Twitter username. If you’d prefer a different username, just email us and we’d be happy to change it for you.

We look forward to watching and mixing your videos soon!

Team MixBit

Announcing: Collaborative Responses!

Welcome to the most ambitious release of the MixBit iOS app since we first broke ground in August! We’ve spent the last months watching your videos and cooking up new ways to make MixBit the best place to “Create videos together.” Today we’re happy to announce an exciting new feature called Collaborative Responses, which allows you to collaborate with friends or respond to any video found on the site with just a few clicks.

MixBit video responses

One of our most prolific MixBit’ers, Chad of the Valley, created this video that has already garnered a few responses:

Click through to mixbit.com to see the response videos!

To get started, simply upgrade the app and find a video you’d like to respond to.

In addition to Collaborative Responses, we have some other new goodies:

  • Remix other users’ clips into your projects
  • Each clip can now be up to 60 seconds long
  • Streamlined editing tools and easier import from Camera Roll
  • Find and view videos by social network profiles
  • Export teaser animated GIF trailers to your Camera Roll
  • Tweaks, improvements, and bug fixes galore!

The Android update is in development, so stay tuned. And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter: @MixBitApp, or email: hello@mixbit.com.

Announcing the MixBit and Slamdance Trailer Competition

Here at MixBit we love creators of all types. That’s why we’re very pleased to announce our new partnership with The Slamdance Film Festival.

Slamdance is the world’s leading independent film festival. Not only do they provide a place for upcoming filmmakers to get discovered, they foster the same kind of open, friendly and creative community we’re fostering here at MixBit.

Through our partnership, filmmakers whose works have been accepted to this year’s festival will be able to upload their trailers to our platform. The ten best trailers will be selected by a panel to play throughout the week of the festival. And Chad Hurley, Co-Founder of MixBit and YouTube, will select one lucky winner to receive a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

We’re so excited that these filmmakers will be making their trailers available on our platform. Together we’ll demonstrate the future of online video–one where audience engagement is driven via the open remixing and sharing of content that always links back to the original work.

Check out mixbit.com/slamdance for more information and to view trailers starting December 16th.

 

Less work, more play: making it easy to connect with your existing audience

Most people have an established presence on at least one social network, and if you’re a creative type, usually many more. We know you’ve worked hard to create a community, and that building it again on a new network can be time consuming, time that we think you should spend making stuff – or you know, doing whatever makes you happy.

Which is why we’ve taken a new approach with accounts on the MixBit platform. We let you integrate your existing social identity into your MixBit account so you can connect your community with your new video projects.

Your existing followers will be able to easily find other MixBit videos you’ve published, and if someone comes across your videos in the MixBit community, we’ll point them to your preferred network.

Currently, you can connect to your Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Tumblr profiles. Link them all or just one – it’s up to you. You’ll have full control over the info that’s attached to each video – when you’re publishing a project, just select which profiles you want to show up (don’t worry, you can still publish anonymously if you want).

Here’s what a video will look like when you’ve connected your accounts to it (click the image to see it live!):

Social Identities

You can link your social networks now by heading to mixbit.com and signing in to view your settings. Then simply republish a video, and you’ll see the option to attach your social profiles. You’ll be able to do this on our iOS and Android apps as well – keep an eye out for the updates, coming soon!

Announcing Project Next: A contest for student filmmakers

There’s no denying that the film industry is changing. Distribution is being uprooted, everyone has a video camera in their pocket, and equipment is cheaper and more portable than ever. Filmmaking is being democratized, put into the hands of the people who go out and create stuff.

We say bring it on. As more and more people are given the chance to tell their stories, more brilliant and unusual stories will be uncovered and passed around the world, igniting more and more change. At MixBit, we are helping people tell great stories through video. If you’re a video storyteller, we’ve got your back.

Which is why we are happy to announce Project Next, a contest to find the best student filmmakers in the United States. Create and publish a video using the MixBit app for Android and iPhone between November 1st and 30th, and you will have the chance to win $500 to put towards your next production. The best video will be picked by a selection of MixBit team members, including Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, co-founders of YouTube.

 

We want to see what you’ve got. Be serious, be silly, be weird, film all those things you have creeping around in the back of your mind. As long as you follow our community guidelines, anything goes.

Go to mixbit.com/projectnext to view the rules and download the app here to get started. Good luck!